LAKE PLACID —
Athletes from here headed to Sochi include Nordic combined Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong, who grew up in Vermontville; biathlon competitors Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, Annelies Cook from Saranac Lake and Tim Burke from Paul Smiths.
Cosmopolitan Magazine recently picked “Hunky Tim Burke” as one of the 14 “Hot Guys to Watch” at the winter games.
And Demong is featured in a Visa Olympic sponsorship television spot calling attention to the games.
With lyrics blaring — “ ‘scuze me while I kiss the sky” — Demong tells the world he listens to Jimi Hendrix when soaring off the jumps.
Saranac Lake’s hometown son Peter Frenette earned a seat on the men’s ski jumping team and Andrew Weibrecht, born and raised in Lake Placid, is poised to travel with the Alpine ski team. Also from Lake Placid, Jamie Greubel is competing with the women’s bobsled team.
Doubles luger Jayson Terdiman lives in Lake Placid now and works for Adirondack Awards, the local award and trophy shop on Sentinel Road, when he’s not training.
“For me, and for all of us, it’s about keeping our focus on what we’re here to do, which is sliding in the fastest sport on ice. Competing in the World Cups going into the games keeps us focused on luge and not on Sochi: it helps to keep my mind off the big picture and not get distracted,” Terdiman, who is 25, said in a teleconference from Germany.
Women’s luger Erin Hamlin, who has made her home in Lake Placid now, is competing at her third Olympic games.
“I know what I’m capable of and knowing what to expect is pretty big. Yeah, it’s a big deal,” she said via phone from Germany.
“We get way more attention. But when we get to the ice, it’s all about focus.”